Monday 25 September 2023

Autumn Fest at Blenheim Palace: What Animals Teach Us

 * Press release 

Autumn Fest (Saturday 30th September - Sunday 1st October 2023) is back at Blenheim Palace with a bounty of activities, workshops and speakers to engage all in nature, sustainability and community. 

This year, the UNESCO World Heritage Site has partnered with Humanimal Trust, a charity that aims to create opportunities for collaboration between vets, doctors and researchers to benefit all living creatures. During Autumn Fest, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, founder of Humanimal Trust, will deliver a headline speech about how the relationship with animals is a bond that benefits everyone.

The increasingly popular Michaelmas Market will feature again and boasts over 50 independent Oxfordshire creators, makers and producers for visitors to explore alongside artisanal food and drink stalls.

During the celebration of harvest season, the Charlotte Lloyd Webber Event Design team will also unveil the 2023 Harvest Emporium, brimming with seasonal produce including Blenheim Palace grown vegetables and cut flowers. Charlotte Lloyd Webber said, “Autumn Fest has become a beloved celebration for all ages – a feast for the senses it is truly a very special gathering.”

Things to do during Autumn Fest weekend:

  • Family friendly performances include WhatNot Theatre, Plunge Boom, live music and poetry, and a DJ until 8pm on Saturday

  • Blenheim Palace’s gardening team will take to the stage to share their work across the Parks and Gardens

  • The conservation team will highlight what progress has been made on the wider Blenheim Estate promoting biodiversity and its sustainability goals

  • Good Food Oxfordshire and Worthy Earth will be giving Kitchen Garden tours, mini talks and demos

  • Blenheim and Worthy Earth will be providing drinks and dishes using produce grown in the Kitchen Garden 

  • Enjoy samples at the Cider, Apple and Honey Tasting Bar and discover fantastic local brews at the Blenheim Orange Bar with pop-ups from Blenheim gin creator, SkyWave and the UKs premier English wine maker Nyetimber.

  • Join Sunningwell Art School and heritage craft artist Penny Maltby in the craft tent

  • Follow the sculpture trail of eco-friendly art 

  • Complete a guided foraging walk and learn about edible plants in the environment

  • Family harvest games, comedy compered racing, and a race to climb to the top of the haybale pyramid

  • Storytelling sessions in The Orchard including children’s author Christopher Lloyd discussing his latest book focused on sustainability It’s Up To Us, written in collaboration with HRH King Charles III’s Sustainable Market Initiative and The Prince’s Foundation

Autumn Fest is included in the Palace, Park and Gardens ticket or Park and Gardens ticket or Annual Pass. A full programme of the weekend’s activities will help you decide what you must see and be sure to book in advance for selected workshops and activities.

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